Discovery and excavation in Scotland

Preview of plotted DES sites

Discovery and excavation in Scotland (DES) provides an accessible, comprehensive, up-to-date and informative guide to archaeological work being undertaken across Scotland. It is a highly respected resource for archaeological research at all levels and is unique in Europe.

Help us to continue to spread the news about new archaeological work and discoveries in Scotland by supporting the production of our journal - Discovery and excavation in Scotland. Our journal is the only one which provides comprehensive coverage and offers you an invaluable insight and up to date information on digs and projects across Scotland. We can only produce it with your support - Membership rates are reduced for students and young people. Join today (membership) to receive your benefits and be part of Scotland's leading community archaeology organisation.

The Journal records fieldwork undertaken by commercial units and archaeologists, local societies, university departments, community groups and independent archaeologists in Scotland each year. Entries are recorded by region for quick reference and regular appendices include information on museum acquisitions - Treasure Trove finds, radiocarbon dates and current post-graduate research relating to Scottish archaeology.

To celebrate the Scottish Community Heritage Conference 2014 we were pleased to present a special edition of DES showcasing the work undertaken by community groups associated with Archaeology Scotland's Adopt-a-Monument Project. The publication also contains summaries from some of the other community groups who have been working on Scottish sites in 2013-14 and have reported via the new AS online reporting form. To take a look at DES - Making a difference community groups in action as a flipping page book please click here (a pdf copy may also be accessed here).

DES  is launched each year at the Archaeological Research in Progress conference (ARP), organised by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. DES Volume 16, 2015 will be launched at the ARP conference in Edinburgh on the 27th May 2017.

DES  is available each year to Archaeology Scotland members who choose enhanced membership.

Our new online reporting form is now live and you may  Contribute to DES using it. For guidance on how to use the form please read the information provided here. If you have any questions please contact - Dr Paula Milburn who will be happy to offer guidance and support.

We accept appropriate accounts of all forms of archaeological discoveries including:

  • Assessments
  • Environmental studies
  • Evaluations
  • Excavations
  • Fieldwalking
  • Finds studies
  • Geophysical or other field survey
  • Historic building survey
  • Public access projects including Adopt-a-Monument and SRP
  • Records of chance finds
  • Watching briefs

The closing date for entries for the next edition of DES is the 15th November 2017. 

For more information and help, please see our news item and / or contact the DES editor - Dr Paula Milburn.

Submit a DES report

Submit a report to Discovery and Excavation Scotland by linking through to the report submission section.

Project contact

DES editor / Information manager
Dr. Paula Milburn
Paula.Milburn@rcahms.gov.uk

FAQs

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